Knife arches to be set up in Leicester city centre and Hinckley

Leicestershire Police will be conducting a number of knife arch operations in Hinckley and Leicester city centre during the summer months.

The knife arch detects metal as soon as people walk through it, helping to deter knife crime.

A similar operation was conducted in Barwell and Earl Shilton last week. The knife arch was placed on Wood Street Park and Belle Vue Road in Earl Shilton, and the main shopping area in Barwell.

PC Nik Malbasa said: “The purpose of this was to catch anyone who may be carrying a knife, deter people especially young people from carrying a knife and to reassure the wider community that Leicestershire Police is doing its utmost to reduce knife crime.”

“Lots of people walked through the arch and while no knives were detected during the operation, officers received a lot of praise from the public and it was deemed a success.”

Sergeant Glen Iceton, knife crime coordinator and tactical lead for stop and search, added: “We want to give out a strong message to those carrying knives that this will not be tolerated and the penalties for doing so are severe.”

“I’m pleased that our high visibility patrols and the use of the knife arch gave us the opportunity to engage with people living and working in those areas.”

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